Definition of areole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈerēˌōl/


An areola, especially a small area bearing spines or hairs on a cactus.
Example sentences
  • The spines grow from an areole covered with glochids, which are tiny, barbed spines characteristic of all Opuntia.
  • Such gas exchange measurements, which were performed on the same fruits throughout their development, were done during clear days, on east-facing unshaded fruits, and avoiding the areoles.
  • The surface of the cell is coarsely areolate, with a pore in each areole.


Mid 19th century: from French aréole, from Latin (see areola).

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Syllabification: ar·e·ole

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